Weeknight Red Beans and Rice

"A quick way to serve a nutritious, but delicious meal."
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  • Heat 1 tbsp oil or butter in medium non-stick pan (that has a lid).
  • Add rice and stir in the hot oil until most of the kernels are opaque.
  • Add water and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 15 minutes.
  • (If using brown rice, increase water and cooking time slightly) Meanwhile dice vegetables.
  • Heat 2 tbsp oil or butter in a large non-stick pan or Dutch oven.
  • Add the diced onion, bell pepper, celery and garlic.
  • Saute until tender.
  • Add the sliced turkey smoked sausage and saute until heated through and slightly browned.
  • Add pepper, seasoning and bay leaf.
  • Continue to stir and saute for about three minutes.
  • Add diced tomatoes and canned beans (do not drain).
  • Add salt, pepper and hot sauce to taste.
  • Simmer about 15 minutes, then remove bay leaf.
  • Place about 3/4 cup rice in the bottom of a soup bowl.
  • Cover with red bean mixture.
  • Serve with French bread and pass more hot sauce.

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  1. Daphne2002
    Thank you so much! I'm always looking for new ways to use kidney beans, which I love but have so few uses for! This was wonderful! I didn't have cajun seasoning, so I made up my own from things I had in my cabinet such as seasoned salt, parsley, granulated garlic, white pepper, chili powder, and paprika. I *love* this recipe! This is going to be a wonderful, flavorful, fast and easy addition to our weeknights!
  2. MarthaRN
    We really enjoyed this recipe for dinner last night. I did drain my beans and used a large can of diced tomatoes. It was just spicy enough and very nice for a cold rainy evening. I'll be making this one over and over. Thanks for sharing!
  3. ksduffster
    This was fabulous! I am also in the "why didn't I try this earlier" club? I used to prepare the red beans and rice mix from the box, but this is so much tastier and just as fast! Our only complaint is that it was a little soupy. I had drained one can of beans in anticipation of this but it was still too watery for us. Next time I will drain both cans of beans and just use the juice from the tomatoes only. Thanks so much for posting PanNan!
  4. Cheffydoo
    This is delicious! We don't use any other red beans & rice recipe.
  5. Sweet PQ?
    This is good! For a slightly different taste I've used 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce and a couple of drops of Tabasco when I am out of cajun seasoning.


  1. amydietrichmark
    This was so good! We omitted the sausage and used pinto beans instead of red beans. Very good flavor. This has become a new staple.



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